Department of Geography and the Environment

Dr. Pérez Investigates Natural Ground Protections to Prevent Erosion in Spanish Vineyards

Thu, September 10, 2009
Dr. Pérez Investigates Natural Ground Protections to Prevent Erosion in Spanish Vineyards
Castillo Viñas

Professor Francisco L. Pérez spent much of this extremely hot past summer doing fieldwork in his native Spain, where he was investigating the spatial petrological characteristics, geomorphology, and environmental effects of limestone covers on the growth of vines and almond trees. Extensive and thick (~15-18 cm) stone covers are utilized in many Mediterranean agricultural areas to shield the soils under vines from excessive soil evaporation, extreme temperatures, and soil erosion, and to increase infiltration.

Dr. Pérez actually worked in the very same vineyards his family has owned for the past 70 years, where he spent many a wild and happy summer when he was a child. Science aside, Francisco thoroughly enjoyed this fieldwork season, which allowed him to come back home after so many decades--and to taste some excellent wines!. You may be able to buy the great wines produced by these stone-covered vineyards in your local store, but be prepared to invest $50 or more per bottle. Cheers!

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